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In Rise of the Guardians, North, Bunny, Tooth, and Sandman recruit the mysterious Jack Frost to help them stop Pitch from putting an end to childhood belief and sending the world into eternal darkness. Based on the children's book series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians is both an exciting adventure and a poignant exploration of the hopes and dreams of youth. Rise of In Rise of the Guardians, North, Bunny, Tooth, and Sandman recruit the mysterious Jack Frost to help them stop Pitch from putting an end to childhood belief and sending the world into eternal darkness. Based on the children's book series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians is both an exciting adventure and a poignant exploration of the hopes and dreams of youth. Rise of the Guardians is one of DreamWorks Animation’s most ambitious films to date. Its mythic premise allowed the artists at the studio to let their imaginations loose, producing a truly unique take on the imaginary figures of childhood, the worlds they inhabit, and the innocence and joy they represent. With more than 400 pieces of meticulously reproduced art, including storyboards, character designs, visual development art, and effects concepts, The Art of Rise of the Guardians is an insider's tour of DreamWorks Animation's dynamic development process. Included is exclusive commentary from the director, producers, production designer, and crew that paints a fascinating picture of the way these filmmakers collaborated to create a stunning CG movie.


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In Rise of the Guardians, North, Bunny, Tooth, and Sandman recruit the mysterious Jack Frost to help them stop Pitch from putting an end to childhood belief and sending the world into eternal darkness. Based on the children's book series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians is both an exciting adventure and a poignant exploration of the hopes and dreams of youth. Rise of In Rise of the Guardians, North, Bunny, Tooth, and Sandman recruit the mysterious Jack Frost to help them stop Pitch from putting an end to childhood belief and sending the world into eternal darkness. Based on the children's book series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians is both an exciting adventure and a poignant exploration of the hopes and dreams of youth. Rise of the Guardians is one of DreamWorks Animation’s most ambitious films to date. Its mythic premise allowed the artists at the studio to let their imaginations loose, producing a truly unique take on the imaginary figures of childhood, the worlds they inhabit, and the innocence and joy they represent. With more than 400 pieces of meticulously reproduced art, including storyboards, character designs, visual development art, and effects concepts, The Art of Rise of the Guardians is an insider's tour of DreamWorks Animation's dynamic development process. Included is exclusive commentary from the director, producers, production designer, and crew that paints a fascinating picture of the way these filmmakers collaborated to create a stunning CG movie.

30 review for The Art of Rise of the Guardians

  1. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures on my blog) When I first saw the cover, I found it puzzling that an animated movie artbook would have a cover with this much white space. Covers for such books are usually filled with strong colours. Featured in this 156-page hardcover are gorgeous concept art for the DreamWorks animated film. Rise of the Guardians is based on the children book series The Guardians of Childhood, written by William Joyce, who's also the film's executive producer. Just printed behind the covers are hug (More pictures on my blog) When I first saw the cover, I found it puzzling that an animated movie artbook would have a cover with this much white space. Covers for such books are usually filled with strong colours. Featured in this 156-page hardcover are gorgeous concept art for the DreamWorks animated film. Rise of the Guardians is based on the children book series The Guardians of Childhood, written by William Joyce, who's also the film's executive producer. Just printed behind the covers are huge detailed 3D portraits of the six main characters. They are North, Bunny, Tooth, Sandy, Jack Frost and Pitch. The art revolve around them. Animated films with mythical characters are pretty common but it's always fun to see different interpretation. The character designs are wonderful. All the six are given a slight twist. North, aka Santa Claus, wields two swords and looks more like a warrior. And Bunny looks quite cool with the serious demeanor. My favourites are probably the designs for Sandy and Tooth. There's also much to read with the lengthy commentary on the characters. Beside character art, there are many beautiful paintings of the magical worlds they live in. Some of the ones I like are from Max Boas, Tim Lamb, Jayee Borcar, Peter Maynez, Felix Yoon, Patrick Hanenberger and Woonyoung Jung. They create much of the environment art of which many are printed big and nice. Overall, the artbook packs plenty of things to see and read. It's fantastic and highly recommended. It seems there are two publishers for this book, Titan Books and Insight Editions. Prices for the books might differ depending on where the books are sold.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Now how could I not read the story of the Guardians without trawling through the book of the art from the film. Now I will state here that the books as much introduce the characters as tell their story. The film assumes a level of intimacy of these characters which cuts away that. So now that I am reading through the series of books the film feels like an addition to the story and not a retelling. So thats great - a film that actually adds to the theme and world of the Guardians - great, however Now how could I not read the story of the Guardians without trawling through the book of the art from the film. Now I will state here that the books as much introduce the characters as tell their story. The film assumes a level of intimacy of these characters which cuts away that. So now that I am reading through the series of books the film feels like an addition to the story and not a retelling. So thats great - a film that actually adds to the theme and world of the Guardians - great, however the problem for me lies in the fact I have not read to that point so the characters I have met so far do not match those in the book (or those in the film) yet. However reading the book there is hope as not only the author actually active in the films production many of the art pieces from the books and even the comments of the author (and the stories) are included so you can see they were mindful of these as the film was being produced. So what I am saying really is I have read this book too soon ! I should have held off and completed the books first. I am sure if I never read the series I would have been astounded and amazed but right now I am a little confused and struggling to see the connection - however I have faith that at some point that will be rectified. However in the meantime my enjoyment of the novels is not diminished and I will be reading more.

  3. 4 out of 5

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    LOVE LOVE THE ART LOVE LOVE THE ART

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    This one was a nice surprise. I never watched the movie or read the books, but I'll rectify that. I borrowed the DVD, and I'm a step away from getting my hands on the first book (Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    Very, very beautiful book. I loved the movie and the books, and this book showed me how much work (and care!) went into the creation of the movie. It also revealed a lot about the process of making a movie, which was interesting in itself. The art itself is breathtaking, especially those of the various settings and it was fascinating to see the early designs of the main characters and how much they changed. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves the movie or the books. Easy to appreciate Very, very beautiful book. I loved the movie and the books, and this book showed me how much work (and care!) went into the creation of the movie. It also revealed a lot about the process of making a movie, which was interesting in itself. The art itself is breathtaking, especially those of the various settings and it was fascinating to see the early designs of the main characters and how much they changed. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves the movie or the books. Easy to appreciate even if you haven't read the books or watched the movie and just like beautiful artwork in general! LOVED IT!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Levander

    This book is so shock-full of content, it's fantastic. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and it gives as thorough look of the the process of the film as possible. As someone interested in how an animated movie gets made, this book is a gem. A lot of thought is put into each character and each environment. (I am still pretty annoyed they decided to give Tooth pale skin when so much of her is inspired by south asian culture though)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    I already really liked the movie, but this book made me a love it. It's a tad light with the art, which makes no sense because it supposed to be an art book . However, it has wonderful peeks and insights into the how's and why's of the animation and story development process. It's amazing how much thought and planning went into even the smallest detail and it made a rematch not only a must but a real eye opening experience.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    so much love! This book shows a lot of the artwork that goes into making such an amazing movie. It also talks about what the team was thinking about and what influenced them. Absolutely made me want to grab my sketchbook and get drawing! !!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yani

    Actual Rating: 4.5 The only thing missing was more info on Jack. I felt like we barely got any!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    Love the artwork & information. Very informative :) Love the artwork & information. Very informative :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sev Luz

    Beautiful *.* simply beautiful. Rise of the Guardians is one of my favorite movies and the aesthetic of it played a big role ^^

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Rise of the Guardians is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. For some odd reason it seems like every animated movie I fall in love with I never get to see in the theaters. There's something amazing about seeing all of these animated characters up on the big screen, though on a smaller screen (and through the second or twelfth time viewing the movie) you get to appreciate all of the fine details that went into making that animation. I have such a high respect for animators. I would lo Rise of the Guardians is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. For some odd reason it seems like every animated movie I fall in love with I never get to see in the theaters. There's something amazing about seeing all of these animated characters up on the big screen, though on a smaller screen (and through the second or twelfth time viewing the movie) you get to appreciate all of the fine details that went into making that animation. I have such a high respect for animators. I would love to be able to do what these people can; I'll settle for hoping to write the same magical storylines these writers come up with. William Joyce wrote the original children's series the film was based on and though the two mediums of book and film are completely different, I fell in love with both ideas and wish that more people could dive into Rise of the Guardians and see for themselves how lovely it is. I especially loved Joyce's preface to this book of art, knowing that he had input in the movie and wanted it to be as great and wonderful as possible. They certainly succeeded. The art contained in this book is just gorgeous. I could spend ages flipping through the pages just reading through the pictures. But whenever I stopped to read the text, the stories behind the visual developments of the characters were fascinating. It's easy to see how a figure that seems so iconic to me now could have ended up completely different and I would have never known that there had been another concept up for grabs unless I peered through the pages of this book. I think it's a great insight for any fan, let alone any art or film lover. This book is a little more expensive than what I usually buy but I'm one hundred percent certain I made the right decision in purchasing this. The story of the movie is so heartfelt that people of any age can enjoy and cherish it. Seeing the love and hard work that went into the characters while the movie was being made makes me appreciate the outcome that much more. If you loved Rise of the Guardians or enjoy animated movies, pick up this book now! And if you haven't seen the movie yet, well, what are you waiting for? It's one that will stick with you forever.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    While the art is beautiful, as I knew it would be after having seen the film, it wasn't quite what I expected. Most art books made from films include short essays or blurbs from the artists themselves, and the people involved on the movie. While there were a few worthwhile words and expressions, after awhile everything seemed to be more repetition than behind the scenes. I also was not a fan of the set up of the book. They organized the chapters based on each character, which was not bad in prin While the art is beautiful, as I knew it would be after having seen the film, it wasn't quite what I expected. Most art books made from films include short essays or blurbs from the artists themselves, and the people involved on the movie. While there were a few worthwhile words and expressions, after awhile everything seemed to be more repetition than behind the scenes. I also was not a fan of the set up of the book. They organized the chapters based on each character, which was not bad in principle. However North and Bunny each get twice the pages of Jack, who is actually the last character to have a chapter. While some of the art was breath taking, and the author of the original books had something interesting to say about the original concepts, there seemed to be more art made specifically for the book, rather than preproduction work. Also, the many written sections were not very engaging or well thought out. Of the many beautiful art books that could be added to your collection, for the price, this is one I wouldn't recommend spending the money on, unless you're a huge fan of the film.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annalise Sullivan

    A book full of beautiful art from every stage of the design process for Rise of the Guardians, from concept sketches to final renderings. With sections focused on each of the Guardians and their associated world, this book offers a wonderful glimpse behind the scenes of the film and it shows well how different designs can be woven into a consistent look and feel for a project. All of the art is beautiful, the comments from the artists are insightful and a fold-out shows the process of bringing a A book full of beautiful art from every stage of the design process for Rise of the Guardians, from concept sketches to final renderings. With sections focused on each of the Guardians and their associated world, this book offers a wonderful glimpse behind the scenes of the film and it shows well how different designs can be woven into a consistent look and feel for a project. All of the art is beautiful, the comments from the artists are insightful and a fold-out shows the process of bringing a scene from concept to screen. All in all a very good book for anyone interested in the film, the process, or character/environment design, specifically for storytelling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Asna

    So many concept arts and everything, but mostly, it's fun to know that they (the productions team) struggled with characterizations and other related-issues (and how they managed to handle it). All those intricate details on each character's world just... wow. The design does complicated now that I stare at it on the book, since on the movie everything just passed-by and I don't really think about it. Seems like it took a very long time (like years) with all those details, just to did the design So many concept arts and everything, but mostly, it's fun to know that they (the productions team) struggled with characterizations and other related-issues (and how they managed to handle it). All those intricate details on each character's world just... wow. The design does complicated now that I stare at it on the book, since on the movie everything just passed-by and I don't really think about it. Seems like it took a very long time (like years) with all those details, just to did the design, let alone the movie.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    If you're a fan of Rise of the Guardians (as I am), this art book is a must. The concept art for this film, from all the different artists, is absolutely stunning. I wouldn't mind having some of it around my apartment as prints. It was also really interesting to read how the artists and film people came up with the designs for the characters, their clothes (or lack of them, in Bunnymund's case), and their realms. The creative process was obviously very in depth for these people, and it shows in If you're a fan of Rise of the Guardians (as I am), this art book is a must. The concept art for this film, from all the different artists, is absolutely stunning. I wouldn't mind having some of it around my apartment as prints. It was also really interesting to read how the artists and film people came up with the designs for the characters, their clothes (or lack of them, in Bunnymund's case), and their realms. The creative process was obviously very in depth for these people, and it shows in the film, which is an absolute treasure.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Rich, lavish art fills whole pages in this book. This is a prime example of an "art of" book done right. The subject matter is well balanced and the book smartly highlights the development of a film of this size and scope. Favorite parts: emphasis on the shape language of the characters, the backstory of the worlds depicted in intricate murals, and a giant fold out section that highlights the making of a sequence. My only critique: the character bios should have been reversed (Jack to North), bu Rich, lavish art fills whole pages in this book. This is a prime example of an "art of" book done right. The subject matter is well balanced and the book smartly highlights the development of a film of this size and scope. Favorite parts: emphasis on the shape language of the characters, the backstory of the worlds depicted in intricate murals, and a giant fold out section that highlights the making of a sequence. My only critique: the character bios should have been reversed (Jack to North), but that may have thrown off the color script of the book itself. I highly recommended it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Just, wow. This book is absolutely incredible. It's filled with so much detail and back story and original concept work from all production stages of the film and is filled with so much extra information that you walk away from the final page understanding the film so much more. The choices that were made, how the storyline developed and who the characters started out as versus who they ended up being is pure magic. I am beyond grateful to my Animation Teacher for leaning me this book to read, i Just, wow. This book is absolutely incredible. It's filled with so much detail and back story and original concept work from all production stages of the film and is filled with so much extra information that you walk away from the final page understanding the film so much more. The choices that were made, how the storyline developed and who the characters started out as versus who they ended up being is pure magic. I am beyond grateful to my Animation Teacher for leaning me this book to read, it was an incredible journey from the first page to the final cover. I highly recommend this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5 I loved seeing this insight into the production of an animated movie. It very nearly made me want to be an animator, what with the passion and the fun and the artistry evident in every aspect of the movie. The book itself was produced okay; some repetitive passages sort of took away from the rest of it, and for some reason I kept being disappointed at the lack of a climax and/or resolution. Oh well. The art is beautiful and I have nothing more to add.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lindsical

    This book is filled with such exquisite artwork including sketches, developmental paintings, production stills, 3D models, etc. all from the making and development of Dreamworks Rise of the Guardians. I highly recommend this Art of book for any fan of the movie, Dreamworks, or general art/animation enthusiast.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This books is very detailed, with great colored pictures. It goes through the art of each of the characters, including Jamie and the other children. There are sections called North's Workshop, Bunny Empire, Tooth Palace, Pitch's Lair, and The Human World. Also, there is plenty of concept art, as well as a very informative part on the process of the animation. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Simply amazing. It is books such as this that make me stop and wonder the amazing creativity that is in this world. There are sooooo many details we miss in the movie and it's nice to see them detailed here in their glory and the design process behind them discussed. Being a fan of this movie, this is a must have for any collection.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chickadee

    If you found the movie, Rise of the Guardians incredible and inspiring you'll love the art book! It's very colorful and amazing; it really brings out those fond childhood memories and makes you feel like a kid again. It's basically art with all the ideas that went into the making of Rise of the Guardians.

  24. 4 out of 5

    xXQueenofHeartsXx

    I really the movie so I got the book. I love the art and how they explained Bunnymund as an australian badass. I really the movie so I got the book. I love the art and how they explained Bunnymund as an australian badass.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    Very nice illustrations and wonderful words can be found in this book about the animated film Rise of the Guardians. I learned about all the inspiration for the characters, what shape theme they are, some cultural story differences about the legends, and what the animators wanted them to represent. Fantastic book that I would recommend to artists or film fans! ~Ashley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is one of the most beautiful and detailed art books I've come across. It has a ton of input from the team behind it. It goes into great detail about why they chose to make the characters a certain way, concept art, the worlds that the characters inhabit, and has beautiful illustrations. I highly suggest you pick up this book if you are a fan of the film or just a fan of animation.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    Beautiful book full of beautiful art. They had a nice section describing the whole production involved, with even a little flowchart! I only wish they could fit in even more art and background explanations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    τλιϓλ

    I wasn't sure about my feelings towards the book but when I watched the film I said this one must be among the books, it was a wonderful one ^_^ لم اندم على شراء الكتاب مطلقا، رائع ومنظم بشكل جميل، يضم العديد من الرسوم والتفاصيل.

  29. 4 out of 5

    merg

    Rise of the Guardians is one of my very favorite movies, and I absolutely love the art book! It has dozens of gorgeous pictures. The concept art is really cool. I like seeing how the characters might have been.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I love seeing the early stages of making the movie especially my favorite characters.

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